Lean Agile Coach – SAFe/Six Sigma

  • Date Posted Feb 22, 2023
  • Location Toronto, ON
  • Job Type Contract
  • Job ID 15683

Do you seek challenges and personal development opportunities, and have the courage to make a difference? Do you possess excellent communication skills and are constantly looking for more efficient ways to manage processes and company assets? Then, Apply Now!

Working with one of the top financial clients this role calls for a Lean Agile Coach – SAFe/Six Sigma who will be leading the implementation of the Lean Large scale Program Management and Delivery system and provide hands-on guidance and help to all Program Group members. This candidate will be responsible for presenting to and strategically influencing middle management and executive leadership.


  • Helping Leaders and Teams to understand value, identify waste and apply appropriate tools and techniques to optimize the end-to-end value delivery pipeline
  • Promoting the principles of quality and continuous improvement (measurable)
  • Advising and facilitating the adoption of engineering best practices or alternatively agile product development
  • Plan and conduct structured Lean Continuous Improvement activities using LSS methodologies and tools, such as A3 systematic problem-solving.
  • Plan, lead and facilitate Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to discover the most efficient flow of value and design the Kanban delivery system to reflect the such flow
  • Monitor process outcomes of workflows and identify process improvement opportunities
  • Maintain leading knowledge of industry Lean-Agile frameworks and provide guidance on how, where, and why to adopt relevant practices
  • Promoting a culture of continual learning and respect, which empowers our people and makes work fun
  • Coach Portfolio Management team in all aspects of Planning, from Roadmap creation, PI Planning, Sprint Planning
  • Coach and hands-on guiding the Portfolio Management and Delivery teams, Agile Estimation techniques
  • Assist the Portfolio Management team in portfolio backlog creation and refinement
  • Train and coach Product Owners (PO), Business Analysts (BA) and Business System Analysts (BSA) with the creation of portfolio-level Capabilities and Features, performing continuous prioritization/refinement of both portfolio and program backlogs
  • Hands-on coaching and assisting the POs, BAs and BSAs in writing the INVEST type of Business and Technology/Enabler Stories with well-defined Acceptance Criteria
  • Assist and Coach all team members with effective and advanced use of Jira and Jira Advanced Roadmaps
  • Assist and Coach Developers, QA Leads and QA members on how to write Test Cases, Test Plans and Test Executions using the Jira Test Management Framework (JTMF)
  • Develop and enable Product Managers as Business Content Authority Experts, by facilitating Program Group (PG) readiness reviews, backlog refinement activities, and Inspect and Adapt (I&A) workshops
  • Implement relevant Delivery metrics at the team, program, and portfolio levels
  • Assist and Coach Project Managers (PMs), RTEs and Scrum Masters with proper and effective Execution Tracking that is reflected in Jira and used for Data-Driven execution Dashboards, as well as for all Executive and delivery Reporting.

Desired Skill Set:

  • 5 years of Practical Agile or Lean experience implementing and coaching Agile Release Trains
  • 5 years of hands-on experience with Jira, Jira Advanced Roadmap and Jira Test Add-on tools
  • 5 years of expert knowledge of Agile principles and practices
  • 5 years of proficiency in JIRA and Confluence

Nice To Have:

  • Project Management Professional designation
  • Experience building a Lean engagement framework within a large organization
  • Experience in Lean Portfolio Management
  • Exposure to practical Lean Continuous Improvement
  • Practical application of LSS and Large Scale Agile Implementations
  • Scaled Agile Framework certifications

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